by Doug Ross

Context: as has been expertly documented by The Last Refuge, the Republican establishment long ago designed and began implementing a convoluted strategy to nominate Jeb Bush and defeat Ted Cruz.


The GOP establishment (which the Refuge dubs “GOPe”) devised a wide-ranging set of tactics to reach that goal:

  • Hidden within the massive CRomnibus bill to fund the government were obscure federal election law changesthat allowed unlimited SuperPAC (large political action committees unaffiliated with specific candidates) contributions.
  • They funded SuperPACsin order to incentivize the desired candidate behavior
  • They changed the nomination rulesof the 2016 primary (e.g., “winner take all delegates”) to allow an unpopular candidate like Jeb to secure the nomination with only 20% (one-fifth!) of the delegates
  • They altered the calendar dates of primariesto advantage a weak, establishment candidate (Bush) that had little, if any, grassroots support

All of these tactics were designed to support what the Refuge calls the “Splitter Strategy“: a plan to dilute the GOP field with as many candidates as possible in order to erode the support of a popular, grassroots candidate.

For instance, Cruz vs. Bush was projected to be an utter rout in Florida, with internal polling showing that Cruz would crush Bush. But what would happen if the GOPe added Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, Chris Christie, Rand Paul, Scott Walker, and Marco Rubio to the mix?

With “splitters” fracturing the support of his biggest challenger, Bush might actually secure a bit more than a fifth of the vote. And — amazingly — that would be enough to dilute support for Ted Cruz sufficiently to win the state’s delegates.

It’s worth noting that Bush didn’t win by gaining support, but by employing “splitters” to fragment Ted Cruz’s support.

Note: the “Splitter Strategy” is not conjecture; the entire GOPe strategy has been copiously documented and exposed by The Last Refuge.

So who is funding the GOPe? While some point to Wall Street, I believe other forces are primarily responsible. Wall Street funds both Democrats and Republicans. They don’t care which party wins. After the 2008 financial crisis, for example, did a single bankster see a courtroom? No, Barack Obama and Eric Holder were as beholden to Goldman Sachs as any Republican.

My belief is that the central banker for the GOPe is the Chamber of Commerce. While it threatens Republicans and sporadically funds Democrats, the Chamber knows that Democrats have moved sufficiently left that they are indistinguishable from European Socialists. And even they know that socialism is not good for business.

But the Chamber does need cheap labor. Which is where open borders and amnesty enter the equation.

The American people have embraced Donald Trump, in part, because the naked abuse of American sovereignty through open borders, chain migration, and administration endorsement of illegal immigration has resulted in a tidal wave of crime that is now too large to be ignored.


Willingness to Secure the Border as a Proxy for Dependence on the GOP Establishment

Given the GOPe and Chamber’s fervor for open borders, I suggest that we all do a gut-level candidate check: how likely is it that each of the GOP candidates would actually secure the border?

My ratings are as follows:

To reiterate: my proxy for conservatism is now as simple as a candidate’s willingness to seal the border.

I encourage you to do the same thought experiment I engaged in. If you had to bet $1,000 on one candidate who would actually seal the border, on which person would you place your wager?



Hat tipBadBlue Real-Time News.



  1. I have been a lifelong Republican up until last year when I refused to vote at all on Election Day. At least the Democrats have the courtesy to treat us like children. That’s scary enough when you consider their stand on abortion. But the Republicans treat us like inmates.

    Either way, it’s the laughter and snickering scorn coming out of Washington that jars my preserves. They are all having a very profitable, very heady, very happy old time of things inside the Beltway. The circus will continue as long as We the People allow it and fund it.

    It used to be comforting to rely on the axiom: “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” As I wrote last November: “To deprive a free citizenry of liberty, it is only necessary to fool enough of the people enough of the time.”

    Career politicians of both parties have mastered an entire skillset of tyranny as they go about fooling “enough of the people enough of the time.” The 545 tyrants in Washington (the president, the Congress, the Supreme Court) are happily ushering America across the threshold of the Third World. How many of us are good at walking down the street balancing an eight-foot bunch of bananas on our heads? I’m surprised our universities aren’t teaching that course, because we are going to need it.

    I guess I’d better get out and vote in the next election. But I will never again vote for anyone who has ever held public office. Except for Ted Cruz. Let’s hope he’s the nominee. Donald Trump will make an excellent vice-president – a beautiful, excellent, wonderful, unbelievable vice-president. Trust me. You’ll see.

  2. I concur Mountain Man. I am embarrassed to admit I voted for Mcain for president, “the lesser of two evils”. Never again not matter what!

  3. Gary, I have some hidden doubts about Donald Trump. ( will he appoint all of his cabinet with Council on Foreign Relations members)?
    I also like Ted Cruiz, but will he also put CFR people into his cabinet. as Did Ronald Regan.?
    Perhaps Carley Farino might be more likely not to have Cfr people in her cabinet.

    Best wishes,

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